Monday, April 21, 2014

Mp's are investigating to the Assault on Iranian political prisoners in Evin prison.

Family members of political prisoners in front of Ministry of Attorney General
This guy Gholamhosein Esmailzadeh head of prisons organization says nothing had happened ,while family members who have visited political prisoners say, they saw their loved ones with injuries, who is telling the truth?
Gholamhosein Esmailzadeh
A few MP's including  Mohammad Reza Tabesh, Pezeshkian, Mahjoub, Ali Motahari and Seyed hadi Hoseini in a petition demanded an investigation by parliament on the assault on political prisoners.
Mr. Esmaeili Believes that the prisoners and their belongings are being regularly inspected but this time a few prisoners have resisted but nothing had happened. News from family members who have visited the prisoners said; they have seen prisoners with swollen faces, head or broken hands and bruises on prisoners bodies.
Mr. Zeibakalam a professor also wrote a letter about this situation to Mr. Javad Larijani the head of the human rights division at the judiciary power and representative of the Islamic Republic to UN on human rights.


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Authorities are lying, after family members visited their loved one in Evin prison !

News about recent assault on political prisoners in Iran-

12 political prisoners from ward number 350 in Evin prison in protest to recent illegal assault on prisoners , violation of prisoners rights and denial of the events by the prison authorities , have started their hunger strike from noon time today Monda .
Those who are on hunger strike are:
Hasan Asadi Zeidabadi,  Amir Eslami, Akbar Amini Armaki, Emad Behavar, Ghorban Behzadnejad, Masoud Pedram, Amin Chalaki, Mohammad Sadegh Rabani Amlashi, Alireza Rejaei, Seyed hasan Ronaghi Maleki, Reza Shahabi and Mohsen Mirdamadi.

Yesterday 28 political prisoners in a statement to President Rohani explained the assault on political prisoners on last Thursday and called it painful and horrendous and demanded it be investigated by president and national security council. These prisoners said the number of people injured in the assault are more than 30 people .

Picture shows family members outside the Evin prison.
Since Thursday finally some of the family members were able to visit their loved one and with their own eyes saw the injuries their loved one endured and learnt about the lies of Mr. Pourmohammadi ( minister of Attorney General ) and Mr. Esmaeili ( Prison Authority ). The mother of Akbar Amini saw her son with broken head and neck , Mohammad Shojaei's sister saw her brother with swollen head & face and the others saw the prisoners with injuries like bruises, swollen faces  and...... while leaving the prison hall way ,the family members chanted " death to dictator " and " Alah O Akbar" , family members left the hall way while crying and with anger. Akbar Amini's mom lost conscience few time after seeing her son. The family members learned that Said Matinpour was beaten and as a result he lost conscience and the prison authority transferred him to solitary confinement . Few other prisoners are also transferred to solitary confinement including Soroush Sabet, Yashar darolshafa , Asadollah Hadi and Said Haeri.
According to news some family members also gathered in  front of parliament to protest against this brutalities .

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Iranian Kurdish Lawyer Masoud Shams Nejad Faces Propaganda Charges in Iran !

Iranian-Kurdish human rights lawyer Masoud Shamsenjad is accused on "propaganda" charges and contact with foreign media”.

Masoud Shams Nejad, an attorney and professor at Payam Nour and Azad universities in Orumieh, was arrested on Thursday May 9, 2013. He has defended several Iranian Kurdish political prisoners, including Ali Ahmad Soleiman, Habib Afshari, Hossein Khezri and death row inmate Habibollah Golparipour.

The continuing harassment and arrest of Iranian defence lawyers not only violates their rights, but those of their clients, who are finding it increasingly difficult to find legal representation because of the deterrent effect of such arrests.


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Family members of political Prisoners gathered in Front of Public Prosecutor's Office in Tehran to Protest against the Assault on Prisoners in Evin Prison....

Today Sunday April 20 ,2014 Mother's and family members of  political prisoners in ward No. 350 of Evin prison who were attacked by agents of the ministry of information , Sepah and the prison guards ,gathered in front of public prosecutors office in Tehran to protest against the recent assault on prisoners and to find out what have gone to their loved one while in prison and captivity .


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Friday, April 18, 2014

Iranian Youth, the Engine behind the Reformists and change in Iran !

Mohammad Reza Aref the early presidential nominee and a reformist visited the city of Mashhad and attended Ferdousi University in Mashhad. This picture shows how much Ferdousi university student are interested in hearing Mr. Aref's opinion and his political agendas. Mr. Aref is the president of Omid Foundation ( Hope Foundation).
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The Chief of Iranian Prison : I reject the Western Media News about Clashes in Evin prison between our personnel and the prisoners !

Saturday April 19.
There were no clashes in ward # 350 of Evin prison ,said Mr. Gholamhosein Esmaeili the chief of Iran prisons speaking to ISNA reporter.
" I reject the news from western media about clashes between prisoners and our personnel."
"We do inspect prison from time to time to collect illegal items the prisoners keep with them in prison , therefore there were no clashes , of course there were some resistance by prisoners but there were no clashes from our personnel towards the prisoners.

In another news Ali Motahari an MP from Tehran said: I have also heard about this news and the chief of prison organization must answer to the situation. I don't know why these measures were taken that some were injured and some were taken to solitary confinement and the prison official must let the family members of these prisoners know about their loved ones situation .May be some elements from Ministry of information have created this situation to make problems for the new government . therefore the judiciary power , the ministry of Information and attorney General have responsibility to respond to the problem and the President Rohani must defend the rights of its citizens. We will follow this case in the parliament and the authorities must let the families of these prisoners to meet their loved ones.


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This Former East German , A communist and then Christian who had converted to Islam said: The Real Freedom is in Iran !!!!????

Ms. Veronika , an east German , a former Communist who became a christian faith believer but who have then converted to Islam recently and currently live in the city of Rasht in Iran , in speaking with Fars News reporter said; The Real Freedom is in Iran!!!!?????
Reported by Fars News agency :

Ms. Veronika who have just converted to Islam said:
In Iran the whole truth is being told to human and they are trained by that. In Europe there are no kindness and spirituality.
Ms. Veronika's new name is Maryam Fazeli and in a prayer in the city of Rasht she asked the Iranian women to  read the 12th Imam prayer for his return.
When someone says ,she is "more catholic than pope" is the story of this woman, she is now more Iranian than Iranian themselves, what a colorful woman!!!!

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Political Prisoners Life in Evin Prison is in Danger .........

On Thursday Prison Guards together with Sepah Agents and agents from Ministry of Information attacked on political prisoners in ward 350 of Evin prison ,as a result 30 political prisoners were wounded and more than 30 were blindfolded and then transferred to an unknown location.
Those transferred are:
Abdolfatah Soltani (lawyer)
Mohammad Amin Hadovy
Mostafa Risman Baf
Said Matinpour
Behnam Ebrahimzadeh
Behzad Arabgol
Houtan Dolati
Mohammad Sadiq Kaboudvand
Mehdi Khodaei
Mohammad Davari
Mostafa Abdi
Gholamreza Khosravi
Abolghasem Foladvand
Mehrdad Ahankhah
Soheil Arabi
Reza Akbari Monfared
Asadolah Hadi
Amir Dorbin Ghaziani
Asadolah Asadi 
Majid Asadi
Soroush Sabet
Soheil Babadi
Ali Asgary
Davar Hoseini Vojdan
Said Hayeri
Samkou Khalghi
Yashar Darolshafa
Reza Hamyari
Mohammad Shojaei
Amir Rezazadeh
Political prisoners in Evin at present are on hunger strike and the reason for hunger strike is that, they want to know what happened to those who were transferred?
A witness to this attack said, those who attacked political prisoners were with plain cloths , some of them were interrogators and some were the guards , it seemed they have organized this attack , they had camera installed in different location in the prison to record prisoners reaction to the attack, they have said ,it was for inspection of prisoners belonging but they had another plan, they have beaten prisoners , as a result Mr. Omid Behrouzi had bleeding due to a cut on his blood arteries , Akbar Amini had cut on his head, Masoud Arab had broken shoulder, Esmail Barzegary had his ribs broken  Farshid Fathi had broken leg and Mr. Rejaei also was wounded due to beating.

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Reports of prison guards raiding Section 350 of Tehran’s Evin Prison, where many political prisoners are held, have emerged raising fears about the safety of prisoners. The unrest appears to have resulted in prisoners sustaining injuries, including broken ribs. It has been reported that at least 32 individuals from Section 350 have been transferred to solitary confinement in Section 240 of the prison.


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Samkou Khorshidi an Iranian Kurdish Political Prisoner is Executed ....

Radio Zamaneh -
According to a report by Kurdistan Human Rights Watch , Samkou Khorshidi an Iranian Kurdish political prisoner is executed on Thursdayin Dizel Abad prison in the city of Kermanshah. Mr. Khorshidi's was charged with membership to a Kurdish political organization and armed struggle with Islamic regime in Iran. Mr. Khorshidi was arrested in 2011 by security forces around a highways in Tehran. It was said, during his arrest ,the security forces used their gun and wounded Mr. Khorshidi . Up until know the family members of Samkou Khorshidi did not receive his body for burial. Press TV in the past reported the confession of this political prisoner.

In the past Islamic regime have executed several Kurdish political prisoners including: Shirkou Maarefi, Habibullah Golparipour,  Reza Esmaeili, Farzad Kamangar, Ali Heydarian, Farhad Vakili, Mehdi Eslamian and Shirin Alamhouly.


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

It Happened Today in Amir Kabir University - While Jalili Last presidential Candidate, a foundamentalist and close to Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi &" Jebheh Paydari was talking, "Students chanted : Our last word ,vote for the prime Minister of Imam ( Mir Hosein Musavi the prime minister at the time of Khomeoini who is currently on house arrest)...

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Former Iranian Soccer Player Pardoned his Son Killer and saved him from the Gallows...

A former soccer player from Mazanderan province pardoned his son's killer and saved the killer from the gallows. Mr. Abdolghani Hoseinzadeh's son was killed during a fight and the killer was about to be executed in early morning by way of " Ghesas" an Islamic Sharia law ,but at last moment while the the killer was on the gallows and the rope was in his neck , Mr. Hoseinzadeh ( victims dad ) himself went to the gallows and removed the rope from killers neck and saved his life.



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World Press Freedom Hero urges Iran to free journalists Mashallah Shamsolvaezin says his country currently holds 48 in prison

  Iranian journalist Mashallah Shamsolvaezin receives the 2014 World Press Freedom Hero Award from Alison Bethel McKenzie, IPI’s executive director, at the IPI World Congress in Cape Town on April 14.

By: Steven M. Ellis
CAPE TOWN, April 15, 2014 – Iranian journalist Mashallah Shamsolvaezin, the International Press Institute’s newest World Press Freedom Hero, called publicly on his country’s government to unconditionally release the 48 journalists it holds behind bars.
Accepting his award yesterday at IPI’s 2014 World Congressin Cape Town, Shamsolvaezin said of Iran’s government: “They have the power and they have control over the power. They should be willing to give up control and allow others freedom.”
Shamsolvaezin said that his research and monitoring of developments in Iran showed that 48 journalists are imprisoned, which would make the country the leading jailer of journalists in the world, surpassing Turkey.

Some 44 journalists are behind bars in Turkey, local sources say, following releases of a number held in connection with alleged coup plots. That tally is a drop from a high in Turkey of more than 100 journalists who were in prison in 2012.
Thanking IPI for the award, Shamsolvaezin also urged the Iranian government "to release and unfreeze the block” on the Association of Iranian Journalists, which he headed until authorities shut it down in 2009. That request echoed a call by Palestinian journalist and IPI Executive Board Member Daoud Kuttab earlier in the day, urging IPI members at their General Assembly to call on Iran’s government to drop its ban on the association.
Shamsolvaezin is a former editor, and in some cases founder, of four reformist dailies shut down by Iran’s authorities. He has been jailed numerous times for his criticism of government policies and he served 17 months in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison from 2000 to 2001 in connection with an article that he wrote criticising capital punishment, which was deemed insulting to Islamic principles.
Speaking via interpretation provided by Kuttab, Shamsolvaezin told Congress participants that journalists in Iran experience only three of the four seasons.

“Summer, where it’s very, very hot,” he said. “Fall, when the press has gone down. And winter, when the press is frozen. In the last 100 years, there have only been four springs. That’s basically an average of once every 25 years.”
The journalist observed that “many people think that the responsibility is that of journalists, because they haven’t held onto that spring.” But he countered that, “in my opinion, governments who are monarchies or religious governments are responsible for the absence of a Tehran spring.”
IPI’s World Press Freedom Hero Award honours individuals who have made a significant contribution to press freedom, often at significant risk of attack or imprisonment.
IPI yesterday also honoured Al-Monitor as the recipient of IPI’s 2014 Free Media Pioneer Award. The media organisation provides original reporting and analysis by prominent journalists and experts from the Middle East, and offers an in-depth focus on Egypt, the Gulf, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Turkey.

Branding itself "the pulse of the Middle East," Opens external link in new windowAl-Monitor covers news and trends in partnership with nearly two dozen regional publications. It publishes content both in English and its original language - Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish.
Al-Monitor founder Jamal Daniel said in a videotaped address: “In 2011, the Arab Spring found its voice. You could say that a pulse began to beat. I founded Al-Monitor to hear that pulse.”
He pledged that Al-Monitor would “live up to your call for excellence”, adding: “We hereby commit to continue to search for the one pulse that, one day, despite the turmoil, will unite the Middle East – the pulse of its soul.”
Given annually, IPI’s Free Media Pioneer Award was established in 1996 to honour media or organisations that have fought to ensure freer and more independent media in their country.
IPI last night’s ceremony with the presentation of the 2014 International Human Rights Book Award to South African journalist Hugh Lewin for Stones Against the Mirror: Friendship in the time of the South African Struggle. The book details Lewin’s experience in South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle, including the seven years he spent behind bars as a political prisoner and his journey towards reconciliation with the former comrade who betrayed him to security police.
Noting to attendees that there are still some 200 journalists behind bars around the world, Lewin said of his award: “I dedicate it to them, wherever they may be.”
Recipients of the book award are chosen by an international panel of journalists and media experts under the chairmanship of Johann P. Fritz, a former director of IPI.

More on Shamsolvaezin........

VIENNA, Jan. 31, 2014 – The International Press Institute (IPI) today announced that Iranian journalist Mashallah Shamsolvaezin has been named the IPI World Press Freedom Hero.

Shamsolvaezin is the former editor, and in some cases founder, of four reformist dailies, Kayhan, Jame'eh (laterTous), Neshat, and Asr-e Azadegan, which were all successively shut down by Iran’s authorities.

He was jailed numerous times for his criticism of government policies, the longest detention period being the 17 months he spent in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison in 2000-2001 in connection with an article criticizing capital punishment that was deemed insulting to Islamic principles.

Shamsolvaezin serves as spokesman for the Iranian Committee for the Defense of Freedom of the Press and as vice president of the, now-defunct, Association of Iranian Journalists.

A former recipient of CPJ’s 2000 International Press Freedom award for courage and independence in reporting the news, Shamsolvaezin just last month criticized the Iranian government for failing to protect press freedom, telling the Iranian Labour News Agency (ILNA): "In the past and under the former administration, the Ministry of Guidance’s press branch would accept media community members with open arms. They would talk with them, but it would all end up with no result." The Rohani government, he told ILNA, is operating in exactly the same manner.

Symbols of courage in global journalism

Mashallah Shamsolvaezin will become the International Press Institute's (IPI) 66th journalist to receive the World Press Freedom Hero honor. He is the third Iranian journalist to receive the award, the others being Akbar Ganji and Faraj Sarkohi. Other recipients of the award include Katherine Graham, former publisher of The Washington Post; investigative journalist David Stephenson Rohde; Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya; Percy Qoboza, of South Africa; Doàn Viét Hoat of Vietnam;Veronica Guerin, of Ireland; and Sir Harold Evans.

Shamsolvaezin was selected for the honor by a seven-member jury consisting of senior media executives from Liberia, the United States, Zambia, Poland, Japan, Jordan and Austria.

Award ceremony in Cape Town

Shamsolvaezin will be presented with the award at IPI's annual World Congress, which will be held on April 12-15, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. For more information on the Congress, go to Opens external link in new or email Opens window for sending emailmmiletic[@]

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Monday, April 14, 2014

UN Expert calls on Iran to halt execution of Iranian woman expected to take place tomorrow

    This picture show Reyhaneh Jabari when she was a little girl with prominent national goal keeper late Naser Hejazi  -

IRAN WATCH CANADA- Reyhane's Lawyer Mr. Abdolsamad Khoramshahi said ,his client is not going to be executed this week ,because the lawyer and Reyhane's family have still more meeting with victims family to pardon her.


GENEVA (14 April 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, today urged the Islamic Republic of Iran to halt immediately the execution of an Iranian woman, Reyhaneh Jabbari, reported to be scheduled for tomorrow.
Ms Jabbari, an interior designer by profession, was sentenced to death for the alleged murder of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of the Iranian Intelligence Ministry, in a case that has raised legal concerns.
“The Iranian authorities should review her case and refer it back to court for a re-trial, ensuring that the defendant due process rights guaranteed under both Iranian law and international law,” Mr Shaheed said.
According to reliable sources, Mr. Sarbandi offered to hire Ms. Jabbari on 7 July 2007 to redesign his office. Mr. Sarbandi arranged to take Ms. Jabbari to his office, but instead took her to a residence where he physically and sexually forced himself upon her. Ms. Jabbari reportedly stabbed Mr. Sarbandi in the shoulder in self-defense, fled for safety, and called for an ambulance out of concern for her alleged attacker.
Since her arrest and throughout her prosecution, Ms. Jabbari has maintained that her actions were taken in self-defense, and were aimed at preventing a potential serious assault on her person. She has also alleged being coerced to confess to actions under severe duress.

“Ms. Jabbari’s case raises serious due process concerns, particularly with regard to her interrogation and the reluctance of the court to take into account all relevant circumstantial evidence into its judgment,” the Special Rapporteur said, stressing that her conviction for pre-meditated murder was allegedly based on confessions made under duress possibly amounting to torture.
“Evidence in the case, including the medical examiner’s report highlighting the presence of a tranquilizer in a glass of juice found at the crime scene, possibly intended use in the immobilization and sexual assault the defendant, raises serious questions as to whether or not factors eminently relevant to the case were considered in the court’s judgment and sentencing of this young woman,” Mr. Shaheed said.
“If her allegations are true, Ms. Jabbari may have been doubly victimized; first by her attacker, and then by the judicial system, which is supposed to protect victims of intended and actual sexual and physical assault,” the expert stressed. “Sexual violence, often directed against women, must always be fought in all of its forms.”
Mr. Shaheed regretted the spike in executions this year in Iran and renewed his call to the Government to immediately halt them. Over 170 persons including at least two women have been executed since the beginning of 2014 and a large number of prisoners on death row risk imminent execution.
“The imposition of the death penalty plainly goes against the current international trend to encourage a moratorium on, and abolition of the death penalty. We urge the authorities to join this world trend by establishing a moratorium on execution with a view of abolishing the death penalty,” the expert stressed.
Ahmed Shaheed (the Maldives) is a Visiting Professor at Essex University, UK; a former member of the Maldivian presidential Commission Investigating Corruption; and a foreign policy advisor to the President of the Maldives. Mr Shaheed was Foreign Minister of the Maldives from 2005 to 2007 and from 2008 to 2010. He led the country’s efforts to sign and ratify all nine international human rights Conventions and to implement them in law and practice. He was appointed as the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran in June 2011 by the UN Human Rights Council. As Special Rapporteur, he is independent from any government or organization and serves in his individual capacity. Learn more, visit:
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Iranian Oscar Winning Film Director Asghar Farhadi Asked Sarbandi's Family to Pardon Reyhaneh Jabari the Iranian Actress who is going to be Hanged on Next Tuesday !

A Day of Pardon...........Don't Send Reyhaneh to the Gallows !
Reyhaneh's Fate In The Hands of Victim's Family - 
Iranian Oscar winning film director Asghar Farhadi in an open letter asked Morteza Sarbandi's family to pardon Reyhaneh Jabari an Iranian actress who played in a film of Mr. Farhadi when she was a little girl. Reyhaneh Jabari in a self defense killed Morteza Sarbabdi more than 6 years ago. If the victims family don't pardon Rehaneh ,she will be hanged on Tuesday.
Mr. Farhadi in his letter wrote: If you pardon her, i will call that day as A Day of Pardon.

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Support for European resolution, call for release of 52 journalists

Published on Thursday 10 April 2014.
 Without Borders hails last week’s European Parliament resolution on European Union strategy towards Iran. For the first time, the European Parliament has displayed a clear desire to take human rights into account in the EU’s relations with Iran.
Adopted on 3 April, the resolution “calls on Iran to cooperate with international human rights bodies and its own NGOs,” supports “the urgent call of 772 Iranian journalists on the Iranian President to live up to his promise and allow the reopening of the Association of Iranian Journalists,” and urges the European Union “to mainstream human rights in all aspects of its relations with Iran.”
“We welcome this initiative stressing human rights in relations with Iran,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire. “The measures envisaged in this resolution are a starting point. A counter-weight to the issue of Iran’s nuclear programme and the defence of European economic interests, they form a basis for taking account of fundamental freedoms in bilateral talks.”
Various Iranian officials, including allies of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, have stepped up their attacks on the international community and the Europeans in particular since 31 March, the date that the text of the proposed resolution was circulated.
The mullah-led regime has reacted with virulence towards article 17 of the resolution, which says that “any future Parliament delegations to Iran should be committed to meeting members of the political opposition and civil society activists, and to having access to political prisoners.”
“The threats and attacks on the European Union by Iranian political and religious officials have no legitimacy coming from a regime that does not respect international human rights law,” said Réza Moini the head of the Reporters Without Borders Iran-Afghanistan desk.
“By calling for implementation of the Helsinki accords by an authoritarian regime, the EU is encouraging and legitimizing civil society’s human rights demands. The EU finally seems to be adopting an appropriate stance towards one of the world’s most repressive countries as regards freedom of information, a country that continues to be one of the world’s biggest prisons for journalists and netizens.”
Moini added: “We call on the authorities to release the 52 journalists currently detained in Iran.”
Disastrous record on freedom of information
The British media revealed on 2 April that Roya Saberi Negad Nobakht, 47, a UK resident with British and Iranian dual citizenship, was arrested while on a visit to Iran five months ago because of a comment on Facebook, and has been held in Tehran’s Evin prison ever since.
Her husband, Daryoush Taghipoor, said she is being held on charges of “plotting to commit crimes against security and insulting Islam” for saying on Facebook that everything in Iran was “too Islamic.” She is “not a political activist in any way (...) just a normal citizen” and may have made a confession “under duress,” he said.
Neither the Iranian nor British government said anything about Nobakht’s arrest for five months. Alerted by family friends, Andrew Stunell, a member of parliament for a district in the Stockport region where the couple lives, said he was “concerned about this arbitrary arrest” and had asked the Foreign Office to make urgent inquiries on her behalf.
Nobakht is one of a total of 20 netizens currently detained in Iran. Subjected to long spells of solitary confinement and tortured into making confessions that are eventually used against them in sham trials, these men and women pay a high price for using their freedom of expression.
Reporters Without Borders reiterates its deep concern about the conditions in which a number of Iranian journalists are being detained. The regime continues to show no consideration for the netizens and journalists who fall ill while in detention.
They include Hossein Ronaghi Malki, Mohammad Reza Pourshajari, Mostafa Daneshjo, Hamidreza Moradi, Afshin Karampour, Mohammad Davari, Mohammad Sadegh Kabovand and Said Matinpour.
All of them are ill and need urgent medical attention, but the prison and judicial authorities refuse to allow their transfer to hospitals although this is recommended by prison doctors and the regulations established by the judicial body that oversees the prison system.
The eight members of the staff of the website Narenji (Orange in Persian) who were arrested on 3 December – Ali Asghar Hormand, Abass Vahedi, Alireza Vaziri, Nassim Nikmehr, Malieh Nakehi, Mohammad Hossien Mossazadeh and Sara Sajad Pour – are meanwhile still being held.
Arrested by Revolutionary Guards, they were taken to an unknown location after their homes were searched and personal effects were removed. The date of their trial and the grounds for their arrest have still not been officially announced.
The UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on 24 March condemning Iran’s grave and repeated human rights violations and granting a one-year extension to the mandate of Ahmad Shaheed, the special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran.

One of the world’s most repressive regimes as regards freedom of expression, Iran is ranked 173rd out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.

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